Wisdom teeth removal is now a very common and safe procedure. But, some people do not need to have their wisdom teeth removed! Discover four reasons why you won’t need to remove your wisdom teeth:
1. Your Wisdom Teeth are Fully Erupted
If your wisdom teeth are partially erupted, it creates a higher risk for bacteria to become trapped between your gums and teeth. The bacteria will cause cavities and tooth decay, as it is difficult to adequately clean this area. If your wisdom teeth are fully erupted, you can clean it more efficiently, minimizing the chance of bacteria thriving.
2. Your Wisdom Teeth Allow for a Proper Bite
Whether your wisdom teeth are impacted or erupted, they can put pressure on the adjacent molars. If your molars shift, your bite will be affected, and you may have trouble chewing or see a change in your smile.
3. Your Wisdom Teeth are Healthy
If your wisdom teeth are not impacted, crowding other teeth, or fully erupted, they may be perfectly healthy and do not need to be removed! Give us a call if you notice any of the following signs of unhealthy wisdom teeth:
- Bad breath
- Difficulty opening your mouth
- Foul taste in your mouth
- Jaw pain
- Swelling around the jaw
- Swollen, tender, or bleeding gums
4. Your Wisdom Teeth Can be Properly Cleaned
While you are brushing and flossing your teeth daily, it’s imperative that you properly clean your wisdom teeth. If you cannot properly clean them, bacteria may flourish and decay or cavities will result. Oral hygiene practices you should consider implementing daily include brushing your teeth, flossing in between your teeth, and using a mouthwash to target inaccessible areas in your mouth.